Uvalde funeral home worker who tried to help shooter at first tells his account of events

A funeral home worker who was the first person to encounter 18-year-old Salvador Ramos just before his killing spree claimed that police stopped him when he tried to intervene to prevent the slaughter at a Uvalde, Texas elementary school, an account which if true, would be another example of the failure of local law enforcement on that terrible day.

Cody Briseno and a coworker had rushed to help Ramos after he crashed the pickup truck that he had stolen after shooting his own grandmother but quickly found out that the disturbed young man was a dangerous psychopath when he opened fire on them before grabbing his own gun and heading toward Robb Elementary School where he was allegedly denied access by a cop.

“I see him crawling out from the passenger window,” Briseno told NBC News. “I tell them, ‘Hey, man, are you OK? Are you all right?'”

“We locked eyes, and he gave me this vibe,” he continued. “At that moment, he looks right back to me … with that evil look, and what I see is this rifle.”

“I get up, and as I’m running, I look back,” he said. “And he was aiming that barrel right at me and my co-worker.”

(Image: Screengrab/Today)

Briseno responded after being asked how far he was from the shooter, “I was from like maybe eight, ten feet around there, and as he takes out this rifle, he’s looking at me and I tell my coworker ‘oh man, he has a gun, he has a gun’ and as soon as I say that I tell him ‘run, run, he has a gun’ but I’m looking back and this guy’s already pointing at us,” he said, “and you just hear, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop.”

(Video: YouTube/TODAY)

Briseno told NBC News that he ran back into the funeral home where he was met by his wife who brought him a gun as police began to arrive on the scene and that they prevented him from going after Ramos.

“Hey, what are you doing,” an officer reportedly asked as Briseno began to march toward the school, he said. He recalls responding, “I’m going to go in and try to stop them,” NBC News reported. “I told him that he’s already inside the school,” Briseno said. He said the officer told him to stay back and shut up.”

Briseno said that he did not know which department that the officer was employed by.

“But my intention was to stop him,” he said. “I feel guilty man because I couldn’t stop him.”

Having been blocked from engaging with Ramos, and potentially making a difference, Briseno had to help with the funerals of the victims, including 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza who was a relative of his.

“I had to dig the grave,” an emotional Briseno told NBC News.

With families of the victims demanding answers, an increased focus has been placed on police who failed to enter the classroom in a timely manner to engage with Ramos and damning details continue to be revealed including the astounding revelation that the top law enforcement officer in charge of the scene did not have his police radio with him.

And it seems the more that comes out about the inexplicable actions by police, the worse it gets.

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